Dissolving Column by Douglas Hollis
Dissolving Column is an investigation of ephemeral monumentality. The artwork reaches out horizontally from the site towards the sky becoming one with it, changing from mass into space. The effect is that of a mirage, enhanced by the mirror-polished surface of the masts that make up the column reflecting the landscape around it, responding to changing light and shimmering as the wind passes. At night, up-lights at the base of the column are programed to brighten and dim, responding to the real-time variations of the wind.
Dissolving Column is 50 feet high and composed of 24 tapered masts of polished stainless-steel tubing. Each mast is 3½ inches in diameter at the base and tapers to ½ inches in diameter at the tip. They are arranged in a 3-foot-6-inch wide circle placed in the center of a circular plaza of granite and terrazzo paving with adjacent plantings and lawn. The sculpture is scaled to hold the space it occupies within the larger site. When seen from afar it is a beacon attracting people to the park. It is also a gathering place where people can meet as they arrive or leave the adjacent aquatic center, or travel through the park.